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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 697 Week 47 Vol 14

November 16, 2022

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Issue 697 Week 47 Vol 14
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THE MOST ANTICIPATED WEEKEND OF THE YEAR HAS ARRIVED

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The Santa Claus parade returns as part of Christmas in Bayfield celebrations this Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. The last parade was held in the community in 2019. (Photo by John Pounder)


Christmas in Bayfield begins this weekend – Nov. 18-20!

The kick off to the holiday shopping season begins Friday night with the Lighting of the Lights in Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. coupled with music and a visit from Santa.

Saturday begins with the much anticipated Santa Claus parade at 11 a.m. There will be folks from the Bayfield Area Food Bank collecting dry goods during the parade to help those experiencing food insecurity during these uncertain times. Anyone who can spare it is asked to please bring a donation.

After the parade, people can enjoy a scavenger hunt for the children and make a craft (noon-1:30 p.m.) at the Gazebo in Clan Gregor Square and pick up a cookie making kit also in Clan Gregor Square; visit the Artisans, who will be found on Catherine Street; or stop and see live music or wood carving demonstrations in the Library Square. There will be an opportunity for children to visit with Santa from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Library Square as well. Plus don’t forget about the Christmas shopping!

Sunday, the vendors, the music and carving demos continue plus people are invited to experience a horse drawn carriage ride through town.

The restaurants are all ready to serve visitors a variety of amazing food and beverages as well when a break from all the shopping is needed. For a complete and up to the minute schedule of all happenings in Bayfield visit Schedule of Events 2022.

“There is still time to enter our contest to win one of five gift certificates of $100 to spend at any of our amazing Christmas in Bayfield supporters,” said Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce Secretary-Treasurer Terri  Louch. “The link to the entire list can be found at Christmas in Bayfield Donors.  Go to our Instagram page: @bayfieldontario or our Facebook Page Bayfield Ontario for all of the details! Tell us how you would spend $100 in Bayfield. The random draw will occur on Nov. 18th so hurry and enter today. You should tell your friends to enter as well!”

Louch would like to remind everyone that while the weekend of festivities ends Sunday evening, the village will be open for business throughout the entire holiday season and beyond.

“Did you know that many stores, restaurants, coffee shops and services are open all winter long? Come and experience the tranquility of beautiful Bayfield in the winter. The peace and beauty seep into your soul!” she said.

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE FOR BAYFIELD SECONDARY PLAN THIS FRIDAY

The process of formulating a Secondary Plan for Bayfield continues and is now moving to the public consultation stage with opportunities for residents to comment upcoming.

An Open House will be held this Friday, Nov. 18 at the Bayfield Public Library and interested individuals are welcome to drop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  There will be interactive panels provided for feedback and staff available to answer questions.

A Public Meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26 starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre. A formal presentation by staff will be conducted followed by a question period and time to provide feedback.

“Please join us to review and discuss the first draft of the Bayfield Secondary Plan this month! If you are not able to attend in person, online feedback forms will be available on the Huron County Connects page or you can email directly to Planning staff,” said Manager of Planning for the County of Huron and Staff Lead for Planned Bayfield, Denise Van Amersfoort.

Owners of large, undeveloped parcels of land will be receiving an invitation for one-on-one meetings through the mail. Should they not receive one and wish to understand how the Secondary Plan will influence the future development of their property, they should please call or email Van Amersfoort at dvanamersfoort@huroncounty.ca or call 1-888-524-8394 Ext. 3 to set up a time. Meetings can be in person on-site or by phone.

Public feedback will be reviewed by the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) and incorporated into the Secondary Plan before Bluewater Council receives the final document in early 2023.

The CAC has completed their review of the first draft of the Secondary Plan and it is available for public review and feedback. A more condensed version of the draft policies has been prepared in response to Committee feedback. Other recent changes include:

  • Removal of Neighborhood Commercial policies;
  • Maintain ‘Highway Commercial’ designation name and scale back extent of designation expansion along Hwy 21 and Mill Road;
  • Proceed with minimum density requirement of 15 units per hectare for future development lands;
  • Proceed with series of zoning-related changes that support the vision outlined in the Secondary Plan; and
  • Compilation of additional recommendations that support the vision of Bayfield as outlined in the Secondary Plan.

The community’s vision of Bayfield as articulated in the initial rounds of public input is of a walkable, green and vibrant community that maintains an authentic village character. To achieve this vision, members of the CAC felt strongly that while some of the ideas raised during the development of the Secondary Plan are outside of scope of Official Plan policies and/or Zoning recommendations, it is important to document and forward these ideas to Bluewater Council as part of the Secondary Plan process.

Eleven recommendations are currently included.

The Bayfield Breeze began highlighting these recommendations in Issue 696 and will continue to do so this week and next. Highlights for this Issue include: Publicly owned urban forest, Short-Term Rentals By-law, Proper abandonment of unused drinking water wells and active transportation.

Publicly Owned Urban Forest – Bayfield has the great fortune of containing significant natural areas within the Settlement Area boundary. It is the community’s vision that portions of these natural areas would be publicly accessible as an “Urban Forest” as a complement to existing park spaces which tend to be more open space and programmed areas (eg. Clan Gregor Square). Similar to the Maitland Woods Urban Forest within the Town of Goderich, the vision is that this space would be owned and maintained by the Municipality.

Recommendation: That the Municipality adopt a “Parkland Dedication Bylaw” to allow for the dedication of urban forests as parkland within set criteria.

Short-Term Rentals By-law – There was significant discussion at the Committee level over the impacts of short-term rentals within the Village. Some members felt that these properties provide necessary accommodation to support tourism and hospitality businesses within Bayfield and the surrounding area. Others felt that if left unregulated, these uses could negatively impact neighborhood dynamics. The introduction of Additional Residential Unit policies was concerning to some as it is felt that these units could be utilized exclusively for short term rental and not for permanent accommodation.

Recommendation: It is recommended that the Municipality establish a Short-Term Rentals By-law to permit this activity within set parameters.

Proper Abandonment of Unused Drinking Water Wells –  Ontario Well Water Records reflect that many properties in Bayfield still contain drinking water wells. Municipal water was established in the Village in the late 1990s which has rendered the majority of these wells to be unnecessary and potentially unmaintained. Landowners with unused wells may be eligible for funding under the Huron Clean Water Program to decommission these wells.

Recommendation: That the Huron Clean Water Program be promoted in Bayfield to encourage the proper abandonment of unused drinking water wells.

Active Transportation (two concerns fall under this heading):

Pedestrian Crossing over Hwy. 21 – The lack of pedestrian crossing infrastructure over Highway 21 as it moves through the Village is a major issue for residents. The Ministry of Transportation completed pedestrian crossing counts in recent years and continued advocacy for a formal pedestrian crossing is a community priority. In terms of the location of the pedestrian crossing, the preferred location by the community is at Howard or Jane Street.

Recommendation: That the Municipality continue to engage Ministry of Transportation staff in next steps for establishing a pedestrian crossing within the Village limits, preferably in proximity to Clan Gregor Square.

Alignment of Intersection at Hwy 21/Mill Road/Cameron Street – Public input was that this intersection is considered to be misaligned. Staff indicated that prior to additional development in this area, Traffic Impact Studies would be required to assess impact on the intersection and identify any necessary upgrades. The feedback from the Citizen Advisory Committee is that the existing intersection is problematic without additional development.

Recommendation: That Municipal Staff continue to engage the Ministry of Transportation staff in assessing this intersection and provide updates to the public on progress.

The Secondary Plan is available for review at www.connectedcountyofhuron.ca.

Anyone with questions, comments or concerns is asked to contact Van Amersfoort directly. Her contact information is listed above.

Map of Bayfield - Draft of the Land Use Schedule with recommended changes (Submitted photo)

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Draft of the Land Use Schedule with recommended changes (Submitted photo) [click to enlarge]


DAVE GILLIANS PRESENTING TO HURON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Huron County Historical Society will be hosting a meeting this evening (Nov. 16)  that may especially appeal to Bayfield residents.

“Lots More Bayfield Love”, will be the topic of a talk given by village historian and author Dave Gillians beginning at 7 p.m.

Gillians will provide information about the second revised edition of his book, “For the Love of Bayfield”; the offspring of that book, “Reflections of Bayfield” and the newly published book “A Venture in Antiques in 1950’s Bayfield”.

The historian will also talk about the statue of Henry Wolsey Bayfield that now graces Admiral Bayfield Square on the village’s Main Street as well as the return to the village of the beautiful, white horse drawn Landau crafted at the Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works under the artistic leadership of the late Tom Penhale.

Participants must register to receive the ZOOM link to the presentation by emailing HCHS1965@gmail.com.

All three of the books that Gillians will be featuring in his presentation are available at the Bayfield Archives and Welcome Centre as well as The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.

“We wish to thank The Village Bookshop for stocking and selling our books over the winter season,” said Past President of the Bayfield Historical Society. “Due to the lack of volunteers we are unable to have the archives open except for this coming Christmas in Bayfield weekend.”

The Bayfield Archives and Welcome Centre will be open Friday from 7-9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

David Yates, the author of the book Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, will be at the archives both Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m.  The hardcover limited edition sells for $40 while the softcover is $20.

“This book will make an excellent Christmas gift, and David will dedicate and sign your purchase,” concluded Gibson.


SANTA’S BRINGING HIS WORKSHOP TO TOWN

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A chance for four to12 year-olds to pick a gift for a special adult in their lives without any adults in the family knowing what it is will be happening at the Bayfield Community Centre on Nov. 19 thanks to Seeds Rooted in Youth. (Submitted photo)


Seeds Rooted in Youth (Seeds) is hosting a new event for children and youth on Nov. 19 that is also a gift for the adults in their lives! Owner and Lead Facilitator Janneke Vorsteveld at Seeds is bringing Santa’s Workshop to the Bayfield Community Centre.

For $30, grown-ups can give their child the gift of picking out a present for a special adult in their life all on their own! The event will run from noon until 4:30 p.m. and participants are asked to register online by picking a time slot: Santa’s Workshop Registration.

So how does this event work? Voresteveld explained, “Kids will get dropped off for a 45 minute time frame, where they will be able to pick, wrap and decorate a gift for an adult in their lives. They can also have hot chocolate, a snack and get their face painted by Snippitty the Clown.All without their parents/caregivers! Yup, you read that right, you drop them off and we do the rest.”

This is a chance for four to12 year-olds to pick a gift for a special adult in their lives without any adults in the family knowing what it is.

Donation Collection for gifts is happening now at the Bayfield Garage, 9 Main Street South.

“Donations do not need to be new items, used are great as well. Anything that could be a great gift for an adult and a child can carry home,” said Vorsteveld. She noted that gift ideas might include such items as scarves, socks, ties, home decor, and costume jewelry.

Fifteen spots will be donated to local youth in need through the Children’s Aid Society. Proceeds from this event will go to a sponsorship program to help get more kids learning outdoors. And the Bayfield Garage has graciously donated a free skate in the arena from 1-5 p.m. so families are invited to bring their skates to enjoy some ice time before or after shopping.

Seeds is in need of some volunteers to ensure that the afternoon runs smoothly – teenagers in need of service hours or adults are most welcome. Tasks include setting up and taking down tables as well as assisting  groups of five kids through picking a gift, wrapping it and decorating it. Please contact Vorsteveld at seedsrooted@gmail.com for more information.

CHILDREN’S CONCERT RETURNING FOR CHRISTMAS IN BAYFIELD

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Puppetry is always a fun part of The Glee Sisters concert, like this one held in November of 2018, with some of the youngsters interacting conversely with the characters. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


The Glee Sisters will be presenting “Olaf’s Night Before Christmas” through song, story and puppets at the Bayfield Town Hall during the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

There will be two performances on Saturday, Nov. 19, the first at 1:30 p.m. followed by a second at 3 p.m.  The Village Bookshop will have the book on sale at both performances.

Young children will no doubt love to sing seasonal favorites and play interactive musical games with a gift of a safety-approved rhythm instrument donated by Greg Stewart.  The Village Bookshop will have the book on sale at both performances. The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will provide hot chocolate and cookies following the shows.

The choir is directed by Lisa Stewart, accompanied by Mary McGoldrick. Helen Latimer and Gabriele Croft will be puppeteers and Jen Smith will be acting as technical consultant.

Admission is free but donations to the Bayfield Area Food Bank will be gratefully received.

GINGERBREAD COOKIE DISTRIBUTION MOVES TO CLAN GREGOR SQUARE

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Youngsters will be able to pick up their “Take & Make” Gingerbread Cookie Kits from the FOBL again this year but this time the group will be set up in Clan Gregor Square to distribute. (Submitted photo)

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Bayfield without a Gingerbread Cookie Decorating event for the kids! And the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) elves are busy getting it all ready. Like last year, the event will be a “Take & Make” format.

The gingerbread cookie decorating kits will be ready for pickup in Clan Gregor Square on Saturday, Nov. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m., right after the parade. There is no need to register for this event. Please note the location change as the gingerbread event has been at the library in previous years.

Each cookie kit will contain a gingerbread cookie with all the decorations needed to create a delicious, one-of-a-kind masterpiece at home. A gluten-free cookie option will be available. The kit will also include a “gingerbread” themed bookmark as well as some other fun items and a draw ticket to be filled out at the event for a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates from The Village Bookshop. Complete the draw ticket and leave it in the jar at the pickup table. The draw will take place on Nov. 19.

FOBL is very grateful to The Village Bookshop and Bayfield Foodland for their generous donations to support this year’s Gingerbread Cookie Decorating event.

As in past years, parents (and grandparents too!) are invited to send photos of the completed cookie masterpieces to contact@fobl.ca. The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the following week. For privacy reasons, no photos of children will be posted.

IN MEMORIAM

FIRST MAYOR OF BLUEWATER HAS DIED

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Bill Dowson (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


The community will no doubt be saddened to learn that a pillar of the Municipality of Bluewater has died, former Mayor William “Bill” Dowson, who held the position from the start of amalgamation in 2001 until 2014.

Dowson, of Varna, died peacefully at Queensway Nursing Home, in Hensall on Wednesday, Nov. 9. He was in his 85th year.

Beloved husband of the late Joyce Elaine (Jewitt) Dowson (Aug. 22, 2019) for 59 years. Loving father of Brenda and Scott Consitt, of Varna; Bonnie Groot, of Hensall; and John Dowson, of Varna.

Cherished grandfather of Stacey and Cody Anderson, Kelly Consitt and Mike Crete, Kim Consitt and Mitch McCall, and Steven Consitt, Michael and Lindsay Groot, Matthew and Kaylene Groot, Justin and Brittany Groot, Jeremy Groot, Alysha Dowson and Jeff Boyes, Jayme Dowson and Perry Weido, Krysten Dowson, Jason and Adel Dowson. He was treasured by his great-grandchildren.

Dear brother-in-law of John and Barb Jewitt, Dennis and Phyllis Jewitt, Janice Preszcator, Bonnie Jewitt, Don and Pat Jewitt, Larry and Jessie Jewitt, Ken and Mary Jewitt, and Steven and Rose Jewitt. Dear uncle of David and Jamie Tipping. Predeceased by his parents Harold and Margaret Dowson, sister Marion and Earl Tipping, brother John Dowson, brothers-in-law Ross and Kevin Jewitt, Jim Preszcator, and nephew Dan Tipping.

Friends were received at the Stanley Township Complex 38572 Mill Rd., Varna on Nov. 14 where the funeral service was held on Nov. 15. Cremation.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Huron Residential Hospice, Brucefield Community United Church, Huntington’s Society, or St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield would be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes – Clinton. Messages of condolence for the Dowson Family may be placed at www.falconerfuneralhomes.com

RECREATION MASTER PLAN

The Municipality of Bluewater understands the importance of recreation for residents and visitors. The Municipality is currently working with thinc design; Mehak, Kelly & Associates; TCI Management Consultants and Oraclepoll Research to develop a Recreation Master Plan (RMP).

The Municipality is developing a RMP to guide the provision of its recreation services including, parks, trails, waterfronts, facilities, programs, and events over the next 15 years. The Municipality wants to develop a RMP that will best serve the community, so they want residents’ thoughts about recreation in Bluewater.

The RMP  is currently in Phase 4 – Draft Recreation Master Plan. To view visit: Draft RMP.

Those in the community are asked to please review the RMP and submit feedback using the tools found by clicking: here. The team will review comments and feedback and incorporate them wherever necessary in the final RMP.

Public input is a critical part of this process and this draft is open for comments until Friday, Nov. 18.

FOOD BANK

“It’s together that we all share in the strength of our community,” said Claire Trepanier, president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB).

She offered thanks for the generous donations of dried/canned goods received from Northwood Beach Resort recently and also shared that the BAFB will have a presence at many activities over the upcoming Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

“We will be participating in the parade (Saturday morning) collecting donations of dried/canned goods,” Trepanier said. “Shelves can use restocking of soup, rice, cereal, packets of oatmeal, tuna, canned vegetables and canned fruit. Feminine hygiene products (especially pads) are desperately needed and would be most appreciated. Pocket change would also be gratefully received.”

On Saturday afternoon, the BAFB representatives will be attending The Glee Sisters Children’s Concert at the Bayfield Town Hall to collect donations of non-perishables.

Local businesses are also getting into the spirit of giving!

On Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Crichet Handmade Designs, located at 20 Catherine Street, will be accepting monetary donations for the BAFB in exchange for a professional holiday portrait by Chris Smith.

And starting on Nov. 18, Mary Cross, an upcycled designer and resident of Bayfield, will be selling 50 exquisite, limited edition scarves in support of BAFB at Market 29 located at 29 Main Street North.  Market 29 will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Lots of great initiatives in our community. Thank you all so much for your help,” concluded Trepanier.

SCARVES FOR FOOD BANK

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Nicole Gunter models one of 50 handmade scarves created by a local upcycled designer, Mary Cross. Proceeds from the sale of the scarves will benefit Bayfield Area Food Bank (Submitted photos)


In the spirit of positive thinking, Mary Cross, an upcycled designer and resident of Bayfield, has created a limited edition of 50 exquisite scarves in support of the Bayfield Area Food Bank.

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These designer scarves are made in Bayfield and will be available exclusively at the new Market 29, located at 29 Main Street North starting Nov. 18.

“This new collaboration is an opportunity for us all to pay it forward,” said Cross. “What a better cause than to shop local, support local and help feed local families. With only a limited amount of scarves produced, they are sure to sell fast and make the ideal holiday gift that keeps on giving.”

These 9’ x 24” upcycled scarves can be worn in so many ways and each piece is one-of-a-kind. These designer scarves are made in Bayfield and will be available exclusively at the new Market 29, located at 29 Main Street North starting Nov. 18 or by emailing info@3rclothingcompany.com.  Cross would love it if people send her a photo of them wearing their one-of-a-kind scarf to this same email address.

Market 29 will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield continues to hold services on Sundays at 11 a.m. both in-person as well as on ZOOM for those who can’t physically attend.

The congregation is currently collecting new, warm socks during November and December, for those in need locally.

They are also looking forward to two special services. On Nov. 27 they will observe first Advent with a Service of Communion and then on Dec. 24 they will host a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. with special music by soloist Linda Street.

YOGA SESSIONS

Metamorphic Rock Shoppe & Gallery is currently the location for Wednesday sessions of yoga.

Shannon Malolepszy leads a gentle and mindful vinyasa flow yoga practice where participants will master their breath, quiet their minds and journey on their mats towards deep relaxation.

The one hour sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Participants can drop-in to any class for $15 (please check space availability in advance).

For more information please call or text Shannon at 519 404-5199 or email shannon@saintongealliance.com.

Metamorphic Rock Shoppe & Gallery is located at 22 Bayfield Main Street North (beside Rumba).

WREATH SALE

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The wreaths will be for sale in front of St. Andrew’s United Church, located at 6 The Square, on the Friday and Saturday of Christmas in Bayfield weekend. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is very happy to announce it will be holding a Wreath Sale during the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

The wreaths will be available in front of St. Andrew’s United Church, located at 6 The Square, directly across from Clan Gregor Square. Sale times are Friday, Nov. 18 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10  a.m. to 3 p.m., while quantities last. Prices range from $30 to $50, and payment is by cash or cheque made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society.

Anyone wishing to place an order ahead of time to ensure availability may do so by emailing info@bayfieldfair.ca or by calling 519 482-9296. Payment will be due at pickup.

These beautiful wreaths are made of natural grape vine, cedar, spruce, white pine, juniper, and yew. Each wreath is one of a kind and will add a special warmth to any holiday décor.

The wreaths have been handcrafted by local volunteers using locally sourced greens as a fundraiser for the BAS – an organization with a 166-year history in the Bayfield community. It doesn’t get more “local” than that!

BRVTA

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA)  would like to remind everyone that the Woodland Trail will be closed for hunting Dec. 5-11.  Please follow the posted signs.

“As always, we thank the private landowners who support use of the Woodland Trail on their properties,” said Ralph Blasting, representing the BRVTA.

The final guided hike of 2022 will be on Mavis’ Trail  and the Taylor Trail on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day celebrates the nearly 300,000 km of trails in Canada, 80,000 of which are in Ontario.

This little hike of 3.5 km will start at the Varna Complex parking lot and take participants  through evergreen and deciduous forests, over small streams, and down to the Bayfield River.  A map can be found at Mavis-Taylor Trail.

For questions or more information contact Ralph Blasting via email at rjblastingjr@gmail.com or call 519 525-3205.

HOLLY BERRY MARKET

The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church is happy to announce the return of their “Christmas Holly Berry Market”  on Saturday, Nov. 19 in conjunction with the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature the sale of  quilts and other crafted treasures. Another highlight will be a Bake Sale table as well as an opportunity to to sit and relax with a coffee and a dessert.

Anyone wishing to set up a table to sell their crafts is encouraged to please contact Kathleen Siertsema at ksierts@tcc.on.ca.

In addition, the Bayfield Agricultural Society members are planning to set up outside the church, located at 6 The Square, to sell their handcrafted wreaths and greenery.

AG SOCIETY AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society will be held in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church on Friday, Nov. 25.

This meeting, that will start at 8 p.m., is for the purpose of receiving reports and statements required to be placed before the Annual Meeting, electing Directors and Committee Chairs, appointing someone to review the financial records and prepare a report for the Society, and for the transaction of such other matters as may properly be brought before the meeting.

In addition to receiving reports and financial statements for the period that ended Oct. 31, 2022, there will be greetings from the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) Provincial Director, Jentje Steenbeek, and OAAS awards will be presented.

All are welcome to attend!

GIRL GUIDE COOKIES

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People should be on the lookout for the Bayfield Guiding cookie booth in front of Hive on Main Street this Saturday morning. (Photo by Kathleen Greer-Armour)


The Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide cookie campaign for 2022 will wrap up this weekend as the membership will be selling their remaining inventory this Saturday, Nov. 19. They will have a booth set up on the lawn in front of Hive, 13 Bayfield Main Street North.

The cookies are selling for $5 a box and there is a very limited supply so they are sure to sell quickly. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. while quantities last.

Anyone who would like to ensure they get a box or two is invited to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at  519-525-3830 or email melody.pounder@gmail.com.

ADOPT A BFF

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Murdoch (Submitted photo)


Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now that they have temporarily closed their doors to intakes.

Murdoch is the Adopt a BFF kitten of the week. This spunky monkey was named before volunteers realized that “he” was a girl!

This little sweetheart showed up at somebody’s door as a single kitten. No other kittens or Momma were found nearby. Murdoch was super, super tiny but also quite affectionate and very friendly but she didn’t seem to grow or gain weight and it was soon discovered that she had an umbilical hernia. She was too tiny for surgery right away. So volunteers had to be patient and wait until she was a bit older. They are pleased to say that she’s just recently had her surgery to fix her hernia and she was also spayed.

“Murdoch is recovering very well and although we don’t anticipate she’s going to be a big kitty she has a huge personality,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “When she’s finished healing she will be looking for her forever home.”

BFF is currently in desperate need of some volunteers who might be willing to do some evening shifts at the Rescue.

Anyone who would like to meet Murdock or might consider volunteering is invited to contact BFF via email at bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com for more information.

The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue’s email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

EVENING OF WINE AND SPIRITS

Olio Too Restaurant, in Bayfield is hosting an “Evening of Wine and Spirits!” on Nov. 26 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

This interactive psychic show will feature a trio of internationally acclaimed performance psychics – Wendyanna, Sue and Connie.

Wendyanna is a highly sought after Television and Radio Psychic who has provided psychic readings to tens of thousands of people over her 40 year career.

Sue is a Psychic Trance Channel who brings forth a non-physical entity group known as The United Souls of Heaven and Earth ( The “US”). A wise and loving group with a wonderful sense of humor, the audience will love their dynamic energy and love for the audience.

Connie is a Psychic and Medium who specializes in bringing forth messages from departed loved ones to members of the audience.

Tickets are available now for $100 per person. The tickets include one beverage and food provided by Olio Too. Cocktails will also be available for purchase.

The event will run from 7-10:30 p.m. with a refreshment break at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Attendees are invited to write down and bring one specific question that they may wish to have answered. The psychics will limit the time of each individual question to allow for more audience questions to be covered during the show. The messages will be loving, supportive and clear.

In addition the trio will be doing individual readings the following week, Nov. 28-30,  in Olio Too’s yurt, 19B Bayfield Main Street North.

For further information please email thepeaceroom@hotmail.com.

GATEWAY LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF FARMERS

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Research Assistant of Gateway and Active Counseling Psychology Masters Student, Becky Higgs, presented an introduction to “S.H.E.D. Talks: Sustaining Healthy Farms Through Empowerment and Dedication”. A group of approximately 25 farmers from the Huron County region were present for the launch on Nov. 4.

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MP Huron-Bruce Ben Lobb attended the launch of a new project, by Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health on Nov. 4. (Submitted photos)


On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) launched a new project, “S.H.E.D. Talks: Sustaining Healthy Farms Through Empowerment and Dedication”. A group of approximately 25 farmers from the Huron County region were present for the launch.

“Our farmers are the most important business people driving the local, rural economy here and feeding our community. Keeping farmers healthy should be the number one priority for our community,” said Gwen Devereaux, president of Gateway.

This project and launch event was planned, organized and hosted by the Gateway team. They also hosted a breakfast for those attending.

The launch featured greetings and introductions from Devereaux, followed by greetings from MP Huron-Bruce Ben Lobb; Huron County Warden Glen McNeil; Director of Economic Development Huron County Vicki Lass; and Mayor of Central Huron Jim Ginn.

Margaret Vincent representing the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Huron Perth outlined programs available to farmers under stress such as the “Farmers Wellness Initiative”, “Guardian Network” and “In the Know”.

Research Assistant of Gateway and Active Counseling Psychology Masters Student, Becky Higgs, presented an introduction to S.H.E.D. Talks. The presentation included discussion regarding the importance of the project, which centres around building connections and empowering an agricultural community. Further, it focuses on the goal of reducing social isolation and lessening the daily stressors that farmers experience.

“No one knows the farm better than the farmer themselves which makes it difficult for them to try to explain to others what it’s like being on the farm 24/7. This is why it is so important that we try to create this farmer to farmer connection so that they are able to lean on each other for support and conversation which is exactly what we are trying to do with S.H.E.D. Talks,” said Higgs.

The group had the opportunity to hear from Tom Melady, a local retired Huron County dairy farmer, who had the courage to speak about his own personal journey of dealing with agricultural life challenges. Later in the event, the group heard from Josh Groot, CPA at PTMG LLP in Exeter, who spoke about one of the pressing stressors farmers undergo; this being, ‘Farm Succession Planning”.

Gateway recognizes their generous donors for their support of this project: Trillium Mutual Insurance and Huron Millwrights.

Gateway is a not-for-profit corporation with charitable status. Its mission is to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education, and communication.

To learn more, visit their website at Gateway.

SUPPORT CONSERVATION EVENTS LIKE OWL PROWLS ON GIVING TUESDAY

More than 130 people attended Owl Prowls at two conservation areas in October and November. Those who attended donated more than $1,000 to support local conservation education.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) hosted Owl Prowls at Rock Glen Conservation Area near Arkona, for the first time, in October. The conservation authority then hosted Owl Prowls in November at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter.

“I would like to thank all the people who came out and learned about owls and the importance of good habitat,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “I am happy to say we exceeded our expectations and thank the people who attended for their generous donations. All proceeds will help us continue to provide learning experiences focusing on soil, water and living things.”

It is not too late to donate to conservation education programs. People may make a donation instead of a gift or to mark a special occasion. Any donations of more than $20 are eligible for a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes.

Giving Tuesday is celebrating ten years of work to engage people in giving to charity on a special day. This day of giving takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is asking people for their support, for community conservation projects, on Giving Tuesday. They may donate to support all the programs of the Conservation Foundation or they may specify which program they want to support.

The Chair ABCF is Dave Frayne. He encourages people to donate to community betterment.

“It is your generosity that makes it possible to enhance trails and natural areas in our community and to support conservation education and other programs for young people and people of all ages,” he said.

To donate to ABCF for Giving Tuesday, visit the Conservation Foundation’s Giving Tuesday web page.

There is a private message box for donations so that individuals can type into the text field there to let the Foundation know which program they want to support. Examples of community enhancement projects include habitat for turtles, conservation education, trails, Student Environmental Award, Junior Conservationist job opportunity program, tree planting through Carbon Footprints to Forests, wetlands, habitat for pollinators; conservation areas, or another conservation program of their choice.

To learn more about community projects of the Conservation Foundation, or how to support their work with a donation, visit this web page: ABC Foundation. Also, feel free to contact the Conservation Foundation by email at info@abca.ca or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday in late November are popular days for shopping and to buy things. As those retail mega-days wind down, the Conservation Foundation asks people to consider a different kind of day – Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is not a day to buy things but a day to give a gift of a different kind, a gift to nature and to the community.

Giving Tuesday is a global movement, for giving and volunteering, that takes place each year after Black Friday. Black Friday is a day devoted to supporting the economy. Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesdayCa) is a day devoted to supporting the community. To learn more about Giving Tuesday, visit the Giving Tuesday Canada website.

GODERICH KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BENEFIT FROM CRAFT SHOW

The first annual “A Farmers Market Christmas Craft Sale”, hosted by Edge Wood Decor, will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Goderich Columbus Centre and Banquet Hall.

The sale will commence with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

Event organizer Cindy Scholten, owner of Edge Wood Decor, said joining her for the opening ceremony will be Goderich Mayor Myles Murdock, Mayor of Central Huron Jim Ginn, Manager of the Goderich Columbus Centre Natasha Cutler, and the Grand Knight of the Goderich Knights of Columbus John Glazier.

Scholten has 20 plus years of event planning experience and has been hosting vendor markets for the last two years.

“I decided to begin hosting these markets as a way to support other makers and small business owners like myself,” said Scholten. “This event in particular has special meaning to me, since this is my new home town, having lived here for just about two years now. I’ve been a huge supporter of small business. Bringing businesses together like this is not only a great way to support the local community, but also our local charities.”

The Farmers Market Christmas Craft Sale has chosen the Goderich Knights of Columbus as their charity of choice.

“They support over 30 different local charities, so it’s a huge win for the community,” said Scholten. “The event is free to attend, but we do ask for a small cash donation at entry, which goes directly to the Goderich Knights of Columbus. We have to remember, service clubs and charities are also still recovering from the effects of the pandemic.”

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free selfies with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event should have something for everyone, with 45 local vendors consisting of artists, crafters, makers and small business owners.

“We will have some of the most unique items to shop from, as well as home decor, pastries and treats and even our own Square Brew in Goderich and Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery from St. Joseph will be there,” added Scholten. “The fun doesn’t end there, I always have free draws for tons of prizes and we’ll even have live music. All you need to do is come out to shop and meet Santa before the big parade!”

The Goderich Columbus Centre and Banquet Hall is located at 390 Parsons Court.

CONSIDER AUSABLE BAYFIELD CONSERVATION ON GIVING TUESDAY

Giving Tuesday is celebrating ten years of work to engage people in giving to charity on a special day. This day of giving takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is asking people for their support, for community conservation projects, on Giving Tuesday. They may donate to support all the programs of the Conservation Foundation or they may specify which program they want to support.

The Chair ABCF is Dave Frayne. He encourages people to donate to community betterment.

“It is your generosity that makes it possible to enhance trails and natural areas in our community and to support conservation education and other programs for young people and people of all ages,” he said.

To donate to ABCF for Giving Tuesday, visit the Conservation Foundation’s Giving Tuesday web page.

There is a private message box for donations so that individuals can type into the text field there to let the Foundation know which program they want to support. Examples of community enhancement projects include habitat for turtles, conservation education, trails, Student Environmental Award, Junior Conservationist job opportunity program, tree planting through Carbon Footprints to Forests, wetlands, habitat for pollinators; conservation areas, or another conservation program of their choice.

To learn more about community projects of the Conservation Foundation, or how to support their work with a donation, visit this web page: ABC Foundation. Also, feel free to contact the Conservation Foundation by email at info@abca.ca or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday in late November are popular days for shopping and to buy things. As those retail mega-days wind down, the Conservation Foundation asks people to consider a different kind of day – Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is not a day to buy things but a day to give a gift of a different kind, a gift to nature and to the community.

Giving Tuesday is a global movement, for giving and volunteering, that takes place each year after Black Friday. Black Friday is a day devoted to supporting the economy. Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesdayCa) is a day devoted to supporting the community. To learn more about Giving Tuesday, visit the Giving Tuesday Canada website.

PUBLIC HEALTH

HPPH is changing how it displays local COVID-19 information for Huron-Perth. Up until this point, they have been updating their own dashboards on COVID-19 testing, cases and vaccination; now, similar weekly information for Huron Perth region is also available through Public Health Ontario’s: COVID-19 and Influenza Activity dashboard.

While HPPH prepares a new way to display local information on respiratory illness that will be the most helpful to residents, the previous Tableau dashboards will not be updated.

Public Health Ontario’s dashboard includes a wide range of COVID-19 data about Huron Perth, including case counts by hospitalizations and deaths, vaccine uptake by age, sex and public health unit, outbreaks, and more.

BLUEWATER NEWS

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Nov. 7.

  • Scheduled a Special Meeting of Council to review and provide comment on Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act (2022) – Planning Act Changes, for Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Awarded the Request for Proposal (RFP) BW-PW-04-2022 for design services for the Public Works Shop Expansion to Spriet and Associates Architects and Engineers in the amount of $90,000 excluding HST.
  • Appointed municipal staff as By-law Enforcement Officers for the purpose of enforcing the Traffic and Parking By-law.
  • Amended the Procedural By-law specifically to start the Inaugural Meeting of Council on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

LIVING WAGE WEEK

Living Wage Week in Ontario runs from now until Nov. 18 and United Way Perth-Huron’s (UWPH) Social Research & Planning Council (SRPC) is announcing the new living wage of $20.70 an hour, up from $17.95 just one year ago.

“More than ever, it’s important that communities engage in a discussion around the concept of a living wage,” said Kristin Crane, director of Social Research & Planning. “As we’re seeing, prices are increasing across the board. That means workers need to earn more to keep pace with economic pressures and to thrive, not just survive. The living wage reflects the realities of living in a community much better than a minimum wage does. For workers in our region, if they’re relying on a job paying minimum wage, a person would be short about $728 per month as far as covering expenses. That’s a huge gap, and why the living wage is so important.”

Based on a 35-hour work week, the Perth-Huron living wage was calculated using local data and considered the living expenses of a weighted average of family types including a family of four, a single mother supporting a seven-year-old child and a single adult, once government transfers and deductions were taken into account. Everyday expenses in the calculation included food, housing, utilities, clothing, childcare and transportation. For more information about Perth-Huron’s living wage, visit: United way.

“We also understand that businesses face obstacles in the current climate,” added Crane. “It’s a struggle for many, so the idea of paying employees more when there are so many pressures may seem counterintuitive. But when we talk with organizations that have certified we’re hearing a living wage helps reduce turnover and improves recruitment and productivity thanks to higher morale and less fatigue because workers don’t need multiple jobs to make ends meet. So on a very practical level, a living wage is improving the outlook for employers even if it initially seems like a difficult transition to make.”

“In the end, this is another facet of helping make sure there’s a brighter future waiting for all members of our community,” added UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Poverty is the larger issue that informs so many others, from homelessness to mental health challenges to intimate partner violence. That’s why UWPH wants to keep the living wage at the top of people’s minds. If we want a better, fairer, and more welcoming community, the living wage is another tool in our toolbox to use to make sure that as we continue to build back, it’s equitable and inclusive for all our community members.

CPH AUXILIARY

The Auxiliary of Clinton Public Hospital (CPH)  is once again lighting the Gift of Lights tree.  The tree will be lit on Friday, Nov. 25 radiating its lights throughout the holiday season. Organizers note that it has always been a sincere joy to celebrate the lighting of the lights on the hospital’s special tree.  This tree lights the area across the road from the front entrance to CPH.

“The lights have been lit up honoring the many memories of individuals and families that have been a part of our community and our hospital for a number of years,” said Shirley Carter, chair of Gift of Light Committee for the CPH Auxiliary

She added that the donations that have been made over the past years have been in many ways a gift as they have assisted in the purchases of several new items and equipment that has been needed and used at CPH.

“Although we will not be holding the gathering to celebrate the lighting of the lights, we will be lighting up the tree and we would really appreciate your continuing support. Those memories and gifts from past years can continue to shine and honor the lives of special people to us during this celebratory season,” said Carter.

All are encouraged to drive up Shipley Street, past CPH and see the glow from the shining lights as a happy reminder of how many people have helped.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the Gift of Lights for 2022 in memory of someone or as gifts to special people in their lives is invited to do so. Any donation of $20 or more will be given a tax receipt. Cheques can be mailed to: Gift of Lights – CPH Auxiliary, 98 Shipley St., Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0.  Or alternatively tickets can be purchased from Auxiliary members or at the hospital Gift Shop.

HPPH

Many respiratory illnesses are circulating; Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) urges the community to use all layers of protection, especially masking and vaccination, to protect themselves, their families, and the broader community.

HPPH has seen an earlier start to the influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season this year, and has received several reports of influenza A (flu) in children under the age of five. HPPH does not typically see this number of lab-confirmed cases of influenza in children this young. COVID-19 also continues to circulate widely.

Across the province, influenza and RSV are causing severe illness in children and strain on the pediatric healthcare system.

“I strongly recommend that Huron Perth residents wear masks in all indoor public settings, including schools and in childcare settings,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Wearing a mask in indoor public settings is a simple way to reduce the spread of illness, to protect our community members young and old and to protect our healthcare system. I also encourage everyone to get their flu shot and stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations.”

Until Dec. 1st at HPPH COVID-19 clinics, anyone aged five and up who is receiving a COVID-19 vaccination can also receive a flu shot. HPPH is not offering influenza vaccines on their own at these clinics.

Influenza vaccines continue to be available at pharmacies, for those ages two and older, and primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) offices for those ages 6 months and older.

For families with children six months to less than two years of age who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, HPPH is offering a clinic on Monday, Nov. 21 from 3-6 p.m. at the HPPH Stratford West Gore site, 653 West Gore Street.

For more information regarding influenza vaccines, visit: www.hpph.ca/flu. For more information regarding COVID-19 vaccination opportunities, visit: Get Vaccinated.

BLYTH FESTIVAL

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Bayfield Artist, Anne Laviolette, has captured the activity during packing up time at the Goderich Saturday Market in this 10 X 10 oil on canvas entitled, “Sun Shower. It is just one of 118 pieces of art by regional talents available to bid on at the Blyth Festival Online Art Auction. (Photo courtesy event website)


The Blyth Festival’s Second Online Art Auction, “10 X 10 in 2022” went live on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 1.

There are 118 pieces of original work available to be bid on all created in a 10 X 10 format. Talented regional artists are showcased as well as some up and coming artists as the auction features pieces by 20 secondary school students whose work has been guided by their Art teacher Julie Gillam of Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton.

To view all the art up for auction visit: Auction Catalog. Those who wish to place a bid on a piece are asked to register by visiting here. It is quick and easy and there is no obligation to buy nor will there be a request for a credit card number. The auction will close Dec. 1st at noon.

Funds raised will help support the work of the Blyth Festival. For more information regarding this event check out the further details or email: jlamb@blythfestival.com.

SOUTH HURON COMMUNITY CHOIRS

The South Huron Community Choirs are very excited to be back together doing what they enjoy doing and that is singing! They are looking forward to presenting a Christmas Community Concert “Handel’s Messiah and Olde Tyme Christmas” on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Exeter United Church.

The concert will commence at 7 p.m. under the direction of Richard Heinzle and accompanied by Lori Danylchuk.

Advance tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. They can be purchased at the Exeter United Church, Exeter Animal Hospital, South Huron Welcome Centre, Exeter; Pinedale Motor Inn, Grand Bend; or by calling Ruth Petersen at 519 235-1778.

Exeter United Church is located at 42 James Street.

REMEMBER THIS

THE YOUNG CANUCKSTORIANS PROJECT

FEATURING ALICE MUNRO

In February of this year, Bayfield Guiding was invited to take part in an exciting opportunity by the Huron County Museum – “The Young Canuckstorians Project” (Canuckstorians). The Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers were asked to select from a list of historically significant Huron County women to research and write a script about with guidance from Sinead Cox at the Museum.

After a few weeks of dedicated work they made a visit to Faux Pop Station in Goderich where under the enthusiastic direction of on-air personality Roz Elliott and audio expert Andrew Bouck they became voice actors! Their voices were then lended to animated characters created to share the stories they wrote.

Canuckstorians is the brainchild of animator Mickey Maple who brought Bayfield Guiding’s characters to life while highlighting some exceptional people, both living and dead, that once called Huron County home. The projects were sponsored by Bruce Power, Goderich IODE and Local LiUNA 1059.

Today marks the sixth instalment of a seven part series on “The Young Canuckstorians Project” in Remember This. We will be sharing this series of animations with our readers in the lead up to their Gala Premiere which will take place in the Huron County Museum theatre on Saturday, Nov. 26. This week we share the story of Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro as told by Bayfield Guiding member Clara.

BAYFIELD LIONS CLUB

CLOCK TOWER WITH HISTORIC TIES TAKING SHAPE

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The top of Bayfield Main Street North near the entrance to Clan Gregor Square as it looked on the afternoon of Oct. 29. Next spring a Clock Tower in the shape of a Ship’s Wheel will be erected beside the flagpole as part of the Bayfield Lions Club’s 75th anniversary celebrations. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

A significant piece of the Bayfield Lions Club’s 75th Anniversary celebrations is coming together.

To honor Bayfield’s historic ties to the fishing industry and memorialize lives lost on Lake Huron, the Lions Club has erected a flagpole, representing the original Signal Pole at the foot of Bayfield Terrace and will soon pour the foundation for a Clock Tower in the shape of a Ship’s Wheel.

From conception to completion, the project has received the support of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bayfield Historical Society. The Bayfield Centre for the Arts collaborated on its design.

With the approval of the Heritage Committee and affirmation from the Municipality of Bluewater Council this project is coming to fruition. The Lions Club members appreciate the valued support of municipal staff during this process.

Earlier this year the flagpole was erected and stands at the entrance to the core of Bayfield’s Main Street.

Today, work progresses on the Clock Tower being fabricated by well-known artisan, Jim Wallace of Sharp’s Creek Forge. To complete this project Wallace is working together with Scotiabell Inc., Hamilton; Tracker CNC, Thedford; and Broeders Custom Fabricating, Dashwood.

Recently members of the Bayfield Lions Club visited Wallace’s shop to admire his craftsmanship as he nears the end of the fabrication stage. The Clock’s structure is ready to be galvanized prior to powder coating the finished structure.

The Clock Tower is scheduled to be installed next spring as construction is completed on Bayfield Main Street North.

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Lunar Eclipse Setting Moon…By Jane Seifried

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Bill Dowson, the Mayor of Bluewater from amalgamation in 2001 until 2014, died on Nov. 9 at the age of 84. A very busy and involved member of the community both in political and charitable capacities, he will be remembered by many and all will have different stories to tell. And I am no different. But it wasn’t as Mayor or Huron County Warden that I knew Bill best. I knew him best as a Santa’s helper.

For a number of years my family hosted the Bayfield Optimist Club’s Breakfast with Santa at the Bayfield Village Inn (today’s Ashwood Inn) and the event would not have been the success it was without the man who proudly and patiently represented Saint Nick. At many of these breakfasts I provided my photography skills and took pictures of the children with Santa for their families. Watching these children as they approached Santa was always a delight and seeing their faces when he talked to them about who their grandfather was or what farm they lived on was quite a treat.

So I’d like to thank you Bill for all you did to make happy memories for the families in this community – may you rest in peace. – Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.